Metal blade news – Between The Buried And Me, Six Feet Under, Abnormality, Monte Pittman

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME announces European summer dates!

Launches live video for ‘The Ectopic Stroll’ online!

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME has now launched a new live video from their current American tour: ‘The Ectopic Stroll‘. Filmed at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles (an intimate venue for this massive trek!), ‘The Ectopic Stroll‘ can be viewed here:

The track is taken from BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME‘s latest album, ‘Coma Ecliptic‘. Described as “a 68-minute cosmic opera that’s part Stravinsky, part Queensryche” (Rolling Stone), ‘Coma Ecliptic‘ can be purchased and previewed at:

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be coming over to Europe again in July for selected festivals and club shows alongside PROTEST THE HERO!

Comments BTBAM bassist Dan Briggs: “It’s pretty surreal that our summer trip will not only begin in Barcelona, but also playing alongside legendary prog artists including MAGMA. Looking forward to visiting some cities we’ve never been to before and watching baseball at odd hours while everyone else is recovering from their soccer/footie matches!

02/07/16 ES – Barcelona – Be Prog! My Friend Festival
03/07/16 FR – Toulouse – Connexion Live w/ Protest the Hero
04/07/16 FR – Marseille – Jas Rod w/ Protest the Hero
05/07/16 FR – Lyon – CCO w/ Protest the Hero
08/07/16 IT – Milan – Dissonance Festival
10/07/16 UK – Nottingham – Newark Showground
11/07/16 FR – Paris – Divan Du Monde w/ Protest the Hero
12/07/16 DE – Karlsruhe – Substage w/ Protest the Hero
13/07/16 DE – Berlin – Musik & Frieden w/ Protest the Hero
14/07/16 DE – Köln – Underground w/ Protest the Hero
15/07/16 BE – Dour – Dour Festival
16/07/16 NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg w/ Protest the Hero

SIX FEET UNDER reveals album details for the fourth installment of the ‘Graveyard Classics’ seriesStreams first single, ‘Invader’, online!Vinyl re-issues for ‘Haunted’ and ‘Warpath’ out May, 13th!On May 27th, SIX FEET UNDER will release the fourth installment of their ‘Graveyard Classics‘ series, this time paying tribute to two of metal’s most heralded legends: Iron Maiden and Judas Priest! Entitled ‘Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest‘, the album is comprised of fiveJudas Priest covers (side A), and six Iron Maiden covers (side B), handpicked by Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel. For a first preview, the cover version of ‘Invader‘ is now streaming, where the record is also available for pre-order in various formats.In regards to this new serving of death metal tributes, SIX FEET UNDER founder Chris Barnes comments: “Get ready to have your ears violated and your mind blown! ‘Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest‘ just crawled out of the Heavy Metal Cemetery! Having a good time playing music is what it’s always been about since day one, and that’s what the ‘Graveyard Classics‘ albums are to me… a good fucking time! On this trip down memory lane, we cover songs from Judas Priest and Iron Maiden; the two greatest metal bands of all time. Ray Alder fromFates Warning did a guest background vocal appearance on ‘Invader’, our first single. Ray is a great friend, and an awesome vocalist, and I felt our differences in styles blended well together for the middle section and added some harmony to the rawness. I hope you all enjoy the band’s twist on these legendary songs!

Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest track-listing
Side A: Judas Priest
01. Night Crawler
02. Starbreaker
03. Genocide
04. Invader
05. Never Satisfied
Side B: Iron Maiden
06. Murders in the Rue Morgue
07. Prowler
08. Flash of the Blade
09. The Evil That Men Do
10. Stranger in a Strange Land
11. Total Eclipse

SIX FEET UNDER will be on tour this summer in Europe for a very special select run of dates. Chris Barnes comments: “Graveyard Classics The Tour begins June 30th and ends July 9th, with our return to the all powerful With Full Force festival!! Looking forward to that as well as playing an entire set list of cover songs on this tour- something we’ve never done before! It will prove to be a very special group of shows. If you’re anywhere near these places this summer, make sure not to miss this!SIX FEET UNDER live:
June 30 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Baroeg
July 1 – Roitzschjora, Germany – With Full Force Festival
July 2 – Flensburg, Germany – Roxy
July 3 – Rostock, Germany – Alte Zuckerfabrik
July 4 – TBA
July 5 – TBA
July 6 – Innsbruck, Austria – PMK
July 7 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik
July 8 – Pratteln , Switzerland – Z7
July 9 – Essen, Germany – TurockOn the 13th of May, two weeks prior the release of ‘Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest‘, Metal Blade Records will release vinyl editions of the classic albums ‘Haunted‘ and ‘Warpath‘.Both albums will be released in black vinyl as well as in two different coloured versions each. The vinyls are part of the Metal Blade Originals series that started earlier this year with the re-issues of the SLAYER titles ‘Show No Mercy’, ‘Hell Awaits’, ‘Haunting The Chapel’ and ‘Live Undead’ and two albums by NASTY SAVAGE.The SIX FEET UNDER vinyls will be released with 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), A2 artwork posters and 250g inserts.SIX FEET UNDER line-up
Chris Barnes – vocals
Ray Suhy – guitars and bass
Josh Hall – drums


Abnormality premieres new video for “Mechanisms of Omniscience”.

Massachusetts-based extreme metal outfit Abnormality will be releasing their upcoming sophomore full-length, Mechanisms of Omniscience, on April 29th worldwide via Metal Blade Records! Marrying the ceaseless brutality coming out of New York and New England to the hyper-blasting intensity endemic to Quebecois death metal, Mechanisms of Omniscience is as unrelenting as it is passionate, and the album tackles real world issues with intelligence and raw emotion.

For a preview of Mechanisms of Omniscience, a new video for the title track (directed and produced by Jim Foster of

Be sure to check out the following previously released singles for another taste of Mechanisms of Omniscience: –“Cymatic Hallucinations”:

To pre-order Mechanisms of Omniscience, please visit, where the record is available in various formats.

Formed in 2005, Abnormality drew its members from the ranks of units such as TeratismForced AsphyxiationGoratory and Sexcrement, and they have worked patiently and persistently to build up a grassroots following, maintaining their integrity while steadily expanding beyond their local scene. In 2010, they dropped their debut EP, The Collective Calm In Mortal Oblivion, which immediately drew attention in the underground, followed by the crushing and critically acclaimed full-length, Contaminating The Hive Mind (2012), cementing their status as one of the heaviest and most dynamic bands in the genre. Now, with their upcoming sophomore effort, Mechanisms of Omniscience – produced once again by Peter Rutcho, and featuring artwork by vocalist Mallika Sundaramurthy – the quintet have never been more serious about getting their message out there, as well as ensuring legions of the moshing masses incur whiplash. See below for the official track-listing!

Mechanisms of Omniscience track-listing
1. Swarm
2. Synthetic Pathogenesis
3. Mechanisms of Omniscience
4. Catalyst of Metamorphosis
5. Vigilant Ignorance
6. Irreversible
7. Hopeless Masses
8. Assimilation
9. Cymatic Hallucinations
10. Consuming Infinity

Abnormality line-up:
Mallika Sundaramurthy – vocals
Jay Blaisdell – drums
Josh Staples – bass
Sam Kirsch – guitars
Jeremy Henry – guitars

Abnormality online:


Award-winning, chart-topping guitarist, Monte Pittman, has announced several performances from now through July 2016 as part of the LA KISS Football house band, which also boasts Patrick Stone (Budderside) and Matt Starr (Mr. Big, Ace Frehley)! Fans that attend the LA KISS home games will be witness to multiple sets from the band before, during, and after the game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. See below for all dates:

Upcoming LA KISS Football home games
May 2nd
May 28th
June 5th
June 26th
July 11th
July 16th

To purchase tickets, and to learn more information about LA KISS Football, please visit:

In addition to being a renowned solo artist, Monte Pittman is also known for his guitar-work in Prong, for appearing on all of Madonna‘s live tours and albums (beginning with the 2001 “Drowned World Tour”), along with many other collaborations. Most recently, Monte Pittman released The Power of Three (2014) via Metal Blade Records – an album which was heralded as “the holy grail of riffage…” (Rock Revolt Magazine). To preview and purchase The Power of Three, please visit:

Monte Pittman online:

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